This Alfalfa Hay Quality Is Off The Charts
-- Customer Story
Randy McGee runs a 600-acre farm near Idalou, Texas. Though he has run his own operation for 18 years, he knew this past year's cutting of alfalfa was special.
What he didn’t expect from last year’s crop, though, was to have it named the winning entry in the Southeastern Hay Contest's baled alfalfa category. Not only that, but his sample was literally off the charts in terms of relative feed value, garnering the highest score in the entire contest.
“My entry actually scored 360 on relative feed quality [RFQ], yet the scoring chart only went to 300,” McGee explains, noting that the average score in the alfalfa hay category, which accounted for 31 entries, was 213 RFQ. “In fact, the next closest sample had an RFQ value of 283.
“I haven’t used anything but Hesston hay equipment since I got into the hay business more than 20 years ago,” Randy McGee continues, noting that his current inventory includes a WR9770 windrower and three Hesston by Massey Ferguson balers. “The greatest asset right now, though, is the double conditioner on the windrower. It allows me to bale at least a day earlier and usually saves one cutting or more each year from getting rained on.”
McGee is quick to share credit with his equipment for his high-quality hay, which doubles the 180 minimum RFQ dairies require. Even in a normal year, McGee supplies his customers with 230 to 240 RFQ.
For more on McGee’s operation, visit his full story at https://www.myfarmlife.com/features/this-alfalfa-hay-quality-is-off-the-charts/.